QPR boss Hughes explains resting Barton

QPR boss Mark Hughes didn't consider Joey Barton for defeat at Manchester United over suspension concerns.

QPR boss Mark Hughes didn't consider Joey Barton for defeat at Manchester United over suspension concerns.

The Hoops skipper is on nine bookings and ran the risk of suspension if he was booked against Manchester United.

Hughes said: “Joey is on nine bookings and we didn’t want him to miss key games that we have coming up in the week.

“So I took the decision not to put him at risk. After the weekend the situation with suspensions is over so he can have a clear run with the matches ahead of us.”

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